Report for West Sister Island (Ohio) - 1909

District: 10th
Inspector: Chas. Bartlett, Chief Clerk and Norris Works, Supt
Location: On Sw'ly end of W Sister Island, W'ly end of Lake Erie.
Date of Report: 02/03/1909
Latitude: 41° 44' 13"
Longitude: 83° 06' 39"
Site: Reserved from public lands
Date of Reservation: 02/18/1838
Date of Deed:
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 84.5 acres
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil: Good
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: 40'
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence: None (old wire fences all down)
Wharf or Landing on Premises:
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance: 580'
Means to Reach Light Station: By boat from Toledo or Port Clinton
Distance to Nearest Road: To nearest public road 9 miles. Nearest RR station, Port Clinton 18 mi - Toledo 24 miles.
Distance to Post Office: Port Clinton nearest 18 miles - mail is delivered at Locust Pt 9 mile away RFD from Oak Harbor.
Distance to Village: Port Clinton 18 mi. No village at Locust Point.
Facilities for Public Conveyance: None - In case of necessity, the Cleveland - Toledo & Put-in-Bay - Toledo boats might stop.
Facilities for Private Conveyance: Port Clinton by boat 18 mi. or Toledo 24 mi.
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Stone tower.
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1848
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1857 - 2nd story added to dwelling 1902.
Condition at This Date: Good
Shape of Tower in Plan: Circular
Form of Tower: Conical
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball: 55' 9"
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 57'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: Sky & trees
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewash
Tower Connection: Connected by passage 25' long
Object of Navigation: Lake coast
Building Materials: Limestone rubble, brick near top, lined with brick.
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base: 7' 9"
Wall Thickness at Parapet: 2' 6"
Diameter at Base: 20' 9" - 6' 6" interior
Diameter at Parapet: 10' 4" - 6' 6" interior
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Iron circular
Number of Landings: 2
Size of Glass: 10" x 16"
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3 - 2' 3.5" x 3' 1.5"
Number of Doors: None, outside
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface: On natural bed rock
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse: Black loam
Soil Susceptibility: Good soil for cultivation
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 4th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass: 7' 0.5"
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 10
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars:
Height Glazed: 36"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side: One
Thickness of Plates: 3/8" - 5/16"
Size of Plates: 36.5" x 26 3/4"
Number of Storm Panes: None
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron & brass
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Cast iron lined with zinc.
Ventilator / Cowl: Cast iron
Lightning Spindle: Iron pinnacle with platinum point.
Description of Lightning Rod: Iron stairs, copper rod leads from stairs to ground, enters about 16" to rock.
Balustrade: Iron, circular.
Lantern Doors: 1 iron, 1 wood
Floor of Lantern: Cast iron
Watchroom Doors: Iron trap door
Parapet Diameter: 6' 6"
Location / Number: 5 brass revolving ventilators
Ladders / Cleaning Arrangement: 1 iron, 8' long. Wooden step ladder used.
Curtain Hooks / Hanger: Brass hooks screwed into corners of lantern.

How is Watchroom Fitted: 1 locker
How is Relief Called:
Where is Call System Led:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles:
Name of Maker: Henry LePaute a Paris
Year Made:
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Order of Apparatus: 4th
Inside Diameter: 1' 8"
Light Characteristic: Fixed white, 360 degrees
Time of Revolution:
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Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part: 360 degrees
Number of Panels: 4
Number of Flash Panels:
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 1 central belt with 2 pieces above & 2 below
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
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Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table: Iron
Draft Tube Description: Brass tube up to within 2" of top of dome.
Revolving Machinery:
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Red Sectors Description:
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Lamp Description: 4th order
Type of Illuminant:
Number of Spare Lamps: 3
Number of Spare Burners: None
Candle Power:

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 wick
Diameter of Outside Wick: 1.5"
Diameter of Mantel:
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 locker in tower wall under lantern
Oil House Description: Round oil house, painted brown, about 50' from rear of dwelling, 103' NE from tower.
Oil House Inside Dimension:
Oil House Construction Material:
Oil House Capacity:
Other (Describe): Small room formerly used as an oil room, now used as office & for storage of supplies, etc.
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Bell on top of carpenter shop, rung by hand. Does not belong to LH est. but is sometimes rung by keepers in foggy weather to warn vessels.
Time to Start:
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Year of Manufacture:
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
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Distance and Direction:
Water Supply:
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Description of Fog Signal Building:
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Diameter: 18"
Height: Above ground 22
Time: Rung by hand.
Weights for Operation:
Location: Attached to tower by covered way 25' long.
Coloring: Natural gray color of limestone, wooden addition painted white - with lead trimmings & green blinds.
Construction Materials: Gray limestone rubble, with wooden addition built in 1900.
Number of Rooms: 10 plus cellar
Number of Dwellings:
Heating Plant:
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters:
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Barn, boat house, carpenter shop, chicken house. The old kitchen & dining room were moved back in 1900 & form separate bldg for play house & school room.
Outhouse Coloring: All white. Boat house & carpenter shop painted, others whitewashed.
Paths and Walks: Cement
Area Inclosed: Not inclosed - island.
Area of Garden: No garden
Area Timber or Shrubbery: 64 acres in timber
Cultivation Area Available: 22 acres
Area Cultivated: 4 acres
Character of Surroundings: Woodlands, some what stony, black loam.
Stove, Maker:
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Pump, Maker:
Pump, Size:
How Procured: Cistern & well
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible:
Purity Precaution:
Tank Capacity: Cement cistern under porch & vestibule, cap abt 100 brl.
Tank Material: Iron pitcher pump in kitchen, 4" cyl. Connects with cistern. Cistern water used for all purposes exc. drinking, for which well water is used.
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description: Driven well, 40'
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket: Long rod well pump
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Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Healthful
Local Causes:
Recommended Improvements:
Access to Lighthouse: Original crib wharf is located 500' E'ly from tower. It extends out 105' S from shoreline & has an extension 96' long, built in 1894 & newly repaired in 1905 with an L to the E at outer end. 34' long, all 16' wide.
Distance and Direction: To W of above pier 90' is another crib pier, extending to S 102' from shore line, inner portion 8' wide for 36', outer portion 16' wide for 66' with an L to S by E at outer end 29' long by 16' wide. Built in 1899 - in poor condition.
Miscellaneous Remarks: Boathouse stands on shore, between piers, alongside W'ly side of E'ly pier (first described above) It is 18' 4" x 36', fitted with ways with rollers & winch, for pulling out boat.